Or get the Orange soldering gun from HF!
I am sure you know better than that but if anyone else is tempted to try one DON'T! They do get hot, very hot, so hot in fact they will melt the case in just a couple of minutes if the trigger is held back. Total junk and is one of those tools that would not be worth bringing home if they were giving them away.
Get the Weller, not expensive at all and will last for years, mine is as old and in the same condition as the one you describe but it still works and when I replace it again it will be with another weller. The HF gun just looked neat and new and the price on sale was less than $10 so I thought "why not" well now I know why not!